Second epidemiologist takes stand against MDHHS workers in Flint water case

Patricia McKane says she was out of town at a conference when information was requested from their department about whether elevated blood lead levels in Flint children were based on chance or something more. (Photo: WEYI/WSMH)

FLINT, Mich. - Two former state health and human services department employees were back in court Friday morning.

Nancy Peeler and Robert Scott both face misconduct in office, conspiracy and willful neglect of duty charges tied to the Flint water crisis.

Another MDHHS epidemiologist took the stand Friday.

Patricia McKane says she was out of town at a conference when information was requested from their department about whether elevated blood lead levels in Flint children were based on chance or something more.

"I was told that we needed an explanation for the fact that the Seward Chart had come out and it disagreed with what had been, with what this department had said before. The reason was that the Seward Chart had no statistical significance. I disagreed with that, " McKane said.

No word on when they will be back in court.

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